The second pitch of this climb is easily the best pitch of this grade at Arch. Apparently there is also a loose pitch 3, but no one ever does it.
Pitch 1: This pitch is really an approach pitch and the climb would be better if you could avoid it. Start on the dirty face with a long right facing corner and another left facing one on either side of you. Climb the face to a tree (5.8) and then traverse left into an obvious fist crack. Belay at the base of the main corner (5.9).
Pitch 2. Climb the thin hands in the corner, and start stemming as the crack narrows down. It helps to have tiny fingers (11a). Move right (10+) and up to hole under a roof with thin hands in the back. It is possible to get a hands free rest by leaning the back of your head on the rock in the hole. Move up on thin flaring hands and a good undercling jug and then right into the final corner. A huge reach gains you a finger lock (11b). The pitch remains sustained.
This is the leftmost right facing corner at the arch. It is about 100 or so yards to the left of midterm. Rappel the route, or do a dirty pitch to the top and descend.
Double up to 3'' + some small nuts. Cam number 4 is useful at the belay.
|By Jeff Scheuerell|
Feb 15, 2012
Great pitch for sure but to say it is easily the best??
Maybe say in your opinion. I like Leanie Meanie better. Both great pitches though.
From: San Jose
Sep 6, 2012
there already two of us who likes Leanie Meanie better
|By Bruce Hildenbrand|
Nov 15, 2013
I've done the third pitch! Yup, it's loose and in the mid-5.10 range.